LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Natalie Paul, Clarke Peters and Daniel Stern have joined the cast of HBO’s miniseries “Show Me A Hero” from “The Wire” creator David Simon, which is based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin of the same name.
The 6-hour miniseries will tackle the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the public housing debate, with a landmark case at its core. The short story goes, in 1988, when a federal judge ordered the city of Yonkers, New York, to integrate more thoroughly its low-income housing throughout the city, it set off a bitter dispute that would consume the town for the next five years. Among those caught in the controversy was the city’s 28-year-old mayor, Nicholas Wasicsko, who had used the issue to his advantage during his campaign and found that he would never be able to escape it, either during or after his administration.
Oscar Isaac will star in the miniseries, which also counts Catherine Keener, James Belushi, Terry Kinney, Michael Stahl-David, Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina, and Jon Bernthal amongst its key cast.
Paul Haggis (“Crash”) will direct the miniseries, based on a script by William F. Zorzi, a writer on “The Wire.”
Per Deadline, LaTanya Richardson Jackson will play Norma O’Neal, the stoic, hardworking home health aide who has struggled to raise a family in Yonkers’ worst projects, even as her own health fails her. Natalie Paul will play Doreen Henderson, a young woman born in Yonkers public housing but raised in the suburbs, is drawn back to the projects, where her life spirals out of control. And Clarke Peters will play Robert Mayhawk, the consultant hired to help educate tenants bound for the townhouses about life in their new neighborhood.